21 year-old Charlee McGuire from Clonmel passed away peacefully at home on September 22 2014, surrounded by her loving family after losing her brave battle against cancer.
Charlee was the youngest of five children of Ber and Brendan McGuire.
She attended Gaelscoil Chluain Meala from the age of 3 and completed her Leaving Certificate in 2010. She then attended Waterford College of Further Education and completed a childcare course. Charlee worked in several creches in the Waterford area, which she absolutely loved and had a great fondness for all the children with whom she worked. She had hoped to study further in the area of child psychology but unfortunately that wasn’t to be.
In January 2014 Charlee was diagnosed with terminal cancer and began the first of six chemotherapy sessions on the day of her 21st birthday. Her attitude and courage in facing this illness was inspirational to all who came into contact with her. Her strength was a comfort and support to all those who had the pleasure of caring for her, including the staff of Medical 4 at Waterford Regional Hospital who were not just her carers but became her friends and were in awe of her intelligence and bravery.
An example of Charlee’s courage and bravery was shown in her regular shopping trips right up to the week before she died, her enjoyment of her belated 21st birthday party at Clonmel Rugby Club in August and her attendance at the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Dublin in September, all of which she thoroughly enjoyed to the fullest. Her health was deteriorating at this stage but that wasn’t going to stop her.
The large crowd that attended Charlee’s funeral showed the high regard and love that people had for her. Her family were deeply touched by the guard of honour arranged by the Gaelscoil, something that Charlee would have been so proud of.
A section of Charlee’s diary was read during her funeral Mass. This recorded some of her thoughts throughout her illness and her main concern was for her family and loved ones and their welfare at the thought of leaving them behind. This was so characteristic of her caring, loving nature.
Charlee’s passing has left a huge void in her heartbroken family and she is deeply missed by her parents Ber and Brendan; sister Louise; brothers Dean and Ben; nieces Paige and Faye and her nephew Dylan.
Charlee’s eldest brother Keith predeceased her in 2005. Charlee was also much loved by her aunts, uncles and cousins, who all miss her very much. The only comfort to her family is that Charlee lived her short life to the fullest and now Heaven has most certainly gained a beautiful angel.